As we count down the days to Into the Box 2014, we want to give you the chance to get to know our speakers a bit more before the big day. Over the next several weeks, we'll be doing a feature on each of our speakers, exploring their thoughts about what drives them as developers, what they're looking forward to at ITB 2014, and much more. 

So without further ado, let's get to know our first speaker: Curt Gratz!

Curt Gratz

Q: What made you want to speak at Into the Box 2014?
A: I love all the *Box products. We use them every day and I like being able to give that experience and knowledge back to the community.

Q: What does web development mean to you?
A: It is not only my job, but also one of my passions. I enjoy the work and the learning and solving difficult problems. I like to satisfy my customers and produce great software.

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?
A: Learn more and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things. Push the envelope more each day, and enjoy the ride. Love people no matter who they are, its worth it. Oh, and drink less soda.

Q: Anything you want to experience during the conference?
A: I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, so that is the main thing I want to experience.

Q: This year’s lineup of speakers has lots of quality, what other session(s) are you looking forward to attending?
A: Any that I can. I am excited to see what Markus has to say about Enterprise Architecture because I am passionate about building scalable software. I am also looking forward to Securing your Box Applications, as security is an area you can never know enough about.

Curt's Sessions

Relaxing With ColdBox RESTFul Services

Do you want to build a solid, robust API that you can build your snazzy mobile app or fancy new web app on? ColdBox RELAX (REstful tools for LAzy eXperts) can be your new best friend. Built upon the solid ecosystem of the ColdBox framework and integrated *Box services, ColdBox RELAX can help you construct a solid, expandable, maintainable, and vigorous API for all your modern web application needs. Come learn how to build Relax APIs in this session and see how web applications can benefit from RELAX, the *Box ecosystem’s RESTful services.


4:20 PM - 5:15 PM Room2
Meet The Family: WireBox, CacheBox, LogBox, & TestBox

New to the world of "Box" and a little intimidated by where to start? Let us demystify each of our Box libraries with a brief introduction and demo in this fast-paced tag team session. We'll spend roughly 15 per library, showing you how easy it is to get started and enjoy new levels of productivity.


11:05 AM - 12:00 PM Room1
Dependency Injection: Wiring Up for the Future

In this session we will cover the basics of DI (Dependency Injection), why you need it in your object oriented toolbox, and the theory behind DI. We will then venture into how to apply DI principles into our applications using WireBox and look at the features and benefits of WireBox.


2:05 PM - 3:00 PM Room2

Be sure, of course, to check out our full list of sessions for Into the Box 2014!

Wrapping up

Thanks for checking out our first speaker feature! Hope you'll check back often, and we especially hope to see you in May!